Our Studio

The main room of the textile studio has 1,500 square feet, with a 50-foot wall of glass looking into a tropical greenhouse. An additional 300 square feet provide a dye kitchen and storage. Three bookcases hold a library with a wide range resources; most items are available for members to borrow.

Equipment

  • A tapestry loom
  • 16 four-shaft looms, width ranging from 22″ to 120″
  • Two eight-shaft looms (Louet Octado with mechanical dobby, LeClerc 60″ with fly shuttle)
  • A 10-shaft and a 12-shaft loom
  • Four table looms and four spinning wheels that members can rent and take home
  • Warping reels, boards, etc.

Equipment Use and Rental Policy

Open studio

We offer open studio time year round. Drop in to see what we’re working on!

  • Studio Afternoons: Every Tuesday and Thursday at 1pm
  • Studio Evenings: Second and fourth Wednesday at 7:30pm
  • Studio Weekends: Every Saturday at 10am unless a guild workshop or special event is being held

Studio projects

With such a variety of looms in the studio Guild members have the opportunity to work on different types of looms – more complex, a different brand, more width.

From time to time informal groups of Guild members get together and decide on a project to learn new (or renew existing) skills. It’s a great way to learn from each other and make something at the same time.

For several years now, one group volunteers their time to weave washable wheelchair sized lap robes in the studio to benefit Burlington’s Carpenter Hospice and the Wellwood Centre in Hamilton.

The AGB offers weaving classes in the Textile Studio in the fall and winter semesters. Several looms have beginner weaver samplers and student projects on them when class is in session.